It’s all up to you. OTR can still win this challenge but only if you make sure your contacts vote.
In a stunning turn of events, the Friends of Dreamland Theatre from Little Rock, Arkansas have taken a substantial lead into first place with just hours left in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This Place Matters Community Challenge.
Without being accusatory, I am personally suspicious of any vote totals which rise at a clip of several dozen per minute in the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately, the terms of the contest requires registration.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has addressed the issue this way:
This means that if someone was able to vote with the address firstname.lastname@example.org, it will be flagged as “bad” in our system and discounted. If someone voted with two separate (but valid) email addresses (i.e. your personal and work emails), it will count as two separate votes.
Though, one doesn’t have to cast their own vote as evidenced by The Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC) which is currently in 3rd place. The PSNC will actually vote in place of its supporters in order to facilitate “turnout”. See below from PSNC’s website:
And yet, I’ve been told (and Google has confirmed) that there are ways to turn one gmail address into an infinite number by appending a ”a plus (“+”) sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. For example, if your name was email@example.com, you could send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com“. I’m not convinced this wouldn’t be flagged in NTHP’s system. Even valid, yet temporary email accounts such as those @mailinator.com might not be flagged in NTHP’s system.
All this has created very little confidence in me that this competition is designed correctly, yet the NTHP says:
So with 8 hours left in the competition, Over-the-Rhine is away from first place by over a 1,300 votes. This deficit could be erased if an even more extraordinary effort than has already been seen on behalf of OTR happens today before 5pm.
For what it’s worth, I wake up every day around 4am. Yesterday, I checked the vote totals at 5:03am, 6/29 (I know because I posted them online for others to see) and this is what they looked like:
- Over-the-Rhine – 14114 votes – 2251 likes
- Dreamland Ballroom – 13781 votes – 126 likes
- The Preservation Society of Newport County – 13585 votes – 487 likes
- Dreamland Ballroom – 19338 votes – 126 likes
- Over-the-Rhine – 17971 votes – 2563 likes
- The Preservation Society of Newport County – 17275 votes – 712 likes
So OTR’s outcome, as always, is up to you. Getting your friends and co-workers and family to vote with every email address they have is of vital importance. Winning isn’t everything and I’ll reflect on the many positive aspects of the competition later, but until then let’s try to win this thing for OTR and all the buildings that should have been preserved here but weren’t.
I usually schedule posts to publish themselves at 9:00am but today every hour counts so it will post at 6:00am. Please share this post and most importantly tell everyone you know to vote for the love of Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati.
- 6:39AM – Dreamland Ballroom has 19800 votes
- 7:11AM – Dreamland Ballroom has 19900 votes
- 7:43AM – Dreamland Ballroom has 20005 votes